On Sunday afternoon, October 25th at 3:00, the First UU Society of Middleborough at 25 South Main Street will present a colorful concert of classical and contemporary music.The UU Chalice Choir, directed by Susan Hotchkiss, will be joined by the choir from the United Church of Christ in Abington, under the direction of Mortimer Barron, former organist at First UU in Middleboro. The choirs will perform individually and together in a combined anthem entitled “Standing on the Side of Love” by Jason Shelton. Solo performers include Murray Kidd (tenor) singing “A Simple Song” from Mass by Leonard Bernstein, Patty Simon (flute) playing the three-movement Suite Antique by John Rutter, and Nancy Kidd (double bass) playing “Piece en forma de Habanera” by Maurice Ravel. The program will open with Pachelbel’s “Toccata in E Minor” on the historic Woodberry & Harris tracker organ and close with Duet for Four Hands by Mortimer Barron, including a rousing chorus for audience participation.
The Unitarian Universalist Association is sponsoring a public advocacy campaign called Standing on the Side of Love, inviting people of all faith “to harness love’s power to challenge exclusion, oppression, and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, race, religion, or other identity.”The musicians at First UU believe that music is a way of bridging divisions in order to create a sustainable and nurturing community. Everyone is invited to enjoy raising the rafters with songs and melodies that celebrate life and love. There will be a freewill donation basket ($10 suggested) and a social time after the concert for refreshments and conversation. For more information, you may contact Susan Hotchkiss through the UU church office at 508-923-7757. Childcare is available upon request.